The Score Magazine June 2017 issue - Page 29

was handed out to an expert to design and implement. If you come back to me after 5 years, I’ll hopefully have a lot more to write about gear but I guess this is all I have for now. How I organize, plan, and prioritize my work. This can be best described in a few essential steps that I follow: 1. Clean and Organised Workplace: Before I sit on my desk I make sure there is no dust and cluttered bullshit lying around. You need to have a connection between yourself and your canvas, which is your DAW or gear. Unnecessary clutter around you interferes with this connection. 2. The Vibe: I always try to create a vibe that helps me stick to my desk for hours and hours. I’ve make sure to have some greenery, mood lighting, paintings, air fresheners or anything that sets the mood. Water, beverages and munchies are a must to be stocked up. You can’t be leaving your desk every half an hour to get water, get some air or food. 3. Pen, Paper, Timer: It’s essential to make notes of things to do for a particular production or a mix down. It’s even more important to define a timeline for completion of each task. Hence – pen, paper, timer. 4. Templates: After a fair bit of experimentation, one can easily figure out his or her flow of work and the processing involved. You get used to your gear or plugins. You know what works on a kick and what works on a vocal. 90% of the times you will end up using the same plugins or processing on most of your individual channels. Therefore, if you already have a template with all these things already taken care of, it saves you time and your productions sound better from the start. I use a ‘production template’ and a ‘mix template’. My production template has pre-assigned channels with inputs and return tracks from all my outboard gear. My mix template is divided into multiple stems like kick, bass, snare, overheads, room, drums bus, bass, pianos etc. and already has all the necessary processing on it which I just have to tweak a little as per the track. Of course it also has readymade inputs and outputs to the 5059 for summing. 5. Referencing: No matter how good your room is, referencing is a must for me. I always reference from the point I start production to the point I finish a mix down. It’s very easy to get lost in a kick and bass loop for hours thinking it’s sounding good but when it’s heard with a similar sounding hit record, it sounds like garbage. Hence, I reference from the very start until and unless I’m making something very similar to records I have already produced. Turntables PatchBay Apollo ASP800 DP88 NEVE5059 Full Studio Pedals Genelec Monitors Cockpit MOOG+Doepfer Drum Machines The Score Magazine 27